What a sad sight! The exterior vertical garden of Paradise Park Children's Centre in the London Borough of Islington has seen better days! Britain's first "Living Wall" was installed in 2006 and included over 30 species of plants.
The building's architects, DSDHA and the Islington council are working to remedy the situation which seams to be due to a faulty or improper irrigation system (the design relies on recycled rain water for most of the irrigation).
From Architects' Journal: "A spokesperson for Islington Council said: 'The wall was the first of its type to be installed in the UK and, as with anything new, carried a certain element of risk."
The Paradise Park Children's Centre won a British national award for its design — let's hope they can get the bring the "Living Wall" back to life!
You can read more about this project: Architects' Journal | Amazing pictures: London's first living wall dies.